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Campus Graduation Marshal Retires

6/20/2007 —

Hank Webster served as the Campus Graduation Marshal for the Penn State DuBois commencement ceremony for the final time on Saturday.  After years of service to Penn State DuBois and the community, both Hank and Marianne Webster will retire on June 30th

Hank Webster, Associate Professor of Biology, joined Penn State DuBois in 1980 and his wife Marianne Webster, Advising Center Staff Assistant, followed in 1981.  During the Websters’ tenure at Penn State DuBois they have shared the Penn Stater of the Quarter award for their work on campus, have been strong supporters for the diversity of programs and activities, are involved in the PSU International/ Honors trips giving Penn State DuBois students an international experience, and have co-hosted “Breakfast with Santa” for the past 11 years where area children can spend a morning with Santa to kick-off the holiday season. 

Hank Webster graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA in 1963.  He received his M.S. in Botany from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Botany in 1975 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. 

In addition to teaching Biology at Penn State DuBois, Dr. Webster received the Educator of the Year Award from the DuBois Education Foundation in 1984, Professor of the Year in 1994 from Delta Mu Sigma, and the Commonwealth College Distinguished Faculty Service Award for community outreach in 2001.  Currently Dr. Webster is working on the inventory of Pennsylvania mosses.  He has done and continues to due extensive research in wetlands, mine drainage reclamation, rare plants for the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, and watershed assessments.  Additionally, he has actively involved his undergraduate students in independent projects and research in various environmental issues.  Over the years, Dr. Webster has authored and co-authored numerous scientific reports and publications that he has presented at state, national, and international conferences.

Outside of the University, Dr. Webster volunteers for local and state environmental organizations.  He is Treasurer and on the board of the Clearfield County Conservation District, Treasurer and member of the board for Headwaters Resource Conservation Development Inc. a multi county non-profit organization promoting a wide-range of environmental and community-based projects in northcentral PA, and Treasurer and member of the board of the Sandy Lick Conservation Initiative, a local watershed organization in Jefferson and Clearfield county.   In addition he currently chairs the Upper and Middle Susquehanna Basin Regional Water Resources Committee He was appointed by Gov. Rendell under Act 220 to represent the region in developing a new state water plan; He has previously served as chair of the Publicity Subcommittee and as vice-chair for the water resource committee.  With the Clearfield County Conservation District he chairs the Dirt and Gravel Roads Program, is active with Clearfield County and State Envirothon working with High School Students who compete on environmental topics He was a founding member of the Clearfield/Jefferson Forest Stewardship Committee and the Down To Earth Garden Club in DuBois.

Marianne Webster graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1964 with a B.S. in Business Education. Mrs. Webster received the University Support Staff Award from Penn State in 2000.  She has been an active member of the PSU Woman’s Liaison Committee and Distaff, an organization of faculty wives and female staff members that was involved in the organization of programs and activities on campus.  Before joining Penn State DuBois in 1981 she taught 8th grade typing in South Plainfield, NJ, was the Audiology Department bookkeeper and secretary before moving to secretary of the Food Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and was a secretary for deKadt Marketing and Research in Greenwich, CT.

In addition to her duties at Penn State, Marianne has been a Girl Scout Leader.  She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, scrapbooking, cooking, sewing, and movies.

Once retired the Webster’s plan to continue to live in DuBois, travel, and spend time with family.   Hank will continue his service to environmental organizations in addition to his gardening and nature photography.  Marianne is planning to join Dr. Webster in more of his environmental activities and volunteer at the local Literacy Council.

Contact info:  Amy Dube 814-603-0416 or a_dube@comcast.net

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